Saving money is uppermost in everyone’s minds at the moment, so we at Haynes are here to help you keep down the running costs of your Volkswagen Caddy Mk3 2004-2015.
Here, we’ll tell you what issues you’re likely to encounter with the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015. We can also show you how to diagnose any symptoms the car is displaying, and how you can remedy any issue without having to shell out huge sums. And Haynes can also keep down your running costs by giving tips and tricks to help you service, maintain and repair it yourself.
The VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 has problems that include parking sensors with dodgy wiring, radiator leaks and a fault that causes the ESP warning light to illuminate. None of these issues would cost much to fix yourself; we can explain exactly what the issues involve and how to save cash by sorting them out yourself.
What recalls has the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 been subject to?
The VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 has been recalled a few times in its life. More than 9000 examples were recalled because the tailgate strut could fail, causing the tailgate itself to drop down suddenly. The more than 6500 models were recalled for a brake vacuum pipe that could become cracked. Then 4102 examples were recalled because the retaining bolts for the tandem fuel pump could break. An incorrectly fitted driver’s airbag prompted a recall of some cars, and wiring for the additional coolant pump that wasn’t sufficiently insulated against heat was the source of another recall.
What common problems does the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 have?
Many versions of the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 have been known to suffer from a power steering fault, while some cars have had leaks from their radiators. The clutch pedal mechanism is another weak point, and has been known to be afflicted by component failure, and the oil cooler has been known to fail, causing the coolant warning light to illuminate.
However, solving such common problems needn’t be difficult if you use the Haynes Caddy 2004-2015 manual or Autofix.
Does the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 have ESP problems?
Some drivers have noted that the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 has a fault that causes its ABS/ESP warning light to be illuminated. The issue can also raise the fault code 1435 when an OBD reader is plugged in.
The problem is a faulty brake pressure sensor inside the ABS unit.
The solution is to purchase the repairs kit (part number 1K0 698 517 B), remove the ABS unit and repair it.
The good news is that the procedure to remove and replace the ABS unit is one that a DIY mechanic will be more than capable of completing with little trouble.
Does the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 have power steering problems?
There have been reports that some examples of the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 can have an issue that causes the power steering yellow and red warning lights to illuminate. First, plug in a fault code reader (see here for our in-depth test of fault code readers). The fault can generate one of many codes (16344-014, 16353-014, 16355-014, 16347-014, 16346-014, 2614-014, 3803-009) All of these indicate that the power steering has lost communication with the control unit.
The solution is to place the battery on charge and use a diagnostic tool to update the control software.
Does the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 have leaky radiator problems?
The VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 can suffer a coolant leak from its radiator.
The cause of the fault is a clip for the wiring loom chafing against the radiator. If the radiator is undamaged, then moving the clip will solve the problem, but if the radiator is damaged, it will need to be removed and replaced with a new one, a procedure that is covered in depth in the relevant Haynes Caddy 2004-2015 manual or Autofix.
See our FREE video on how to service your VW Caddy Mk3's cooling system below:
Does the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 have clutch pedal problems?
Yes. The VW Caddy tends to get used for lots of short urban journeys, which means the clutch pedal gets used a lot. It has been known for various clutch pedal components to fail. However, removing the clutch pedal assembly is comparatively simple, and should present no problem to the DIY mechanic, especially if they’re using the Haynes Caddy 2004-2015 manual or Autofix.
Does the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 have oil cooler problems?
It is not unknown for versions of the Caddy fitted with the 2.0-litre TDI engine to suffer an oil cooler issue. The fault is an internal failure in the cooler, and it causes the coolant warning light to illuminate.
Replacement of the oil cooler is the solution, and this is covered in your Haynes Caddy 2004-2015 manual or Autofix.
Does the VW Caddy Mk3 2004-2015 have parking sensor problems?
Occasionally, the VW Caddy Mk3 can suffer an issue with its rear parking sensors. The problem is that the wiring becomes faulty because it has been incorrectly routed in the first place.
You should check the wiring, then you can replace the affected section using your Haynes Caddy 2004-2015 manual or Autofix.